The Hype Train Station – Week 1 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

It’s been a while, but finally we can unlock the padlock on the gates, dust off the cobwebs, make sure all the safety notices are in place and that the hand sanitisers are fully stocked! Yes, the Hype Train Station has now re-opened and the ticket office is open for all your waiver wire needs. I’m James and I’m your resident sales rep, telling you which Hype Train you should ride, what value you should be looking at and where to plan your next excursion and how to negotiate any closed off routes through injury or scheduled work (bye weeks). Obviously week 1 won’t be the easiest, or indeed the most useful bulletin as you’ve just had your draft and there’s almost no data to react to, however, I’ve decided to take a look at some players who may be available in your leagues and could be able to do a job in week 1, especially in deeper leagues. 

Note that this year there will not be a dedicated fantasy podcast but the main NFL podcast will have a fantasy section with analysts like myself chipping in through the season. Twitter will be the main place to go for up to date info and to discuss your thoughts on all things fantasy!


1st Class Ticket

The 1st class ticket section covers players who will be the top targets on the wire and the hot ticket.


Tevin Coleman – RB – New York Jets – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Week 1 is the hardest time to grab an RB off waivers. It’s hard to get one after round 12 never mind after the draft. For those who were struck by injuries such as to Travis Etienne or JK Dobbins I’m afraid I can’t offer much. Tevin Coleman is expected to see the most work in the Jets backfield but it’s not a pretty proposition. It’s the best opportunity for touches of players with less than 30% ownership so between him and Ty Johnson you have to expect someone from the Jets will get some points.

Emmanuel Sanders – Buffalo Bills – Ownership Percentage: ~15%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0% The Steelers have a decent enough defence but I still believe their Secondary is suspect and it’s players like Emmanuel Sanders who could punish them. Josh Allen is capable of using Sanders well when he’s available and as he’s likely to work on the outside in week 1, there are worse options


2nd Class Ticket

This section covers player who may not be the top option but could be good replacements for bye weeks or just have strong matchups. A Flex ticket if you must.


Hunter Renfrow – WR – Las Vegas Raiders – Ownership Percentage: ~2%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

I feel Renfrow has been criminally underrated and under-drafted this season but when I look at the tail end of drafts, unless it’s a deep league, there is depth at WR. Renfrow is technically the most senior receiver in the team and should operate in the slot a fair amount this season. I accept he’s going to be fighting for receptions otherwise intended for Darren Waller but when you look at where Ruggs, Edwards and Snead have been going, there’s going to be a great value somewhere.

Anthony Firkser – TE – Tennessee Titans – Ownership Percentage: ~12%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

With Jonnu Smith now in New England and no new players to bolster the position, Anthony Firkser really should have a good year.

Other players of note:

RB: Ty Johnson (@CAR ~5%%), Carols Hyde (@HOU ~15%).

WR: Sterling Shepard (vs DEN ~20%), Allen Lazard (@NO ~5%), Chris Conley (vs JAX ~1%).

TE: Gerald Everett (@IND ~10%), OJ Howard (vsDAL ~5%).


Day Return Ticket

This section will highlight the QBs and DST options who you may be able to pickup as a streaming option this week. We often advise people not to draft an early QB and certainly not an early DST so this section backs up that advice.


Kirk Cousins – QB – Minnesota Vikings – @CIN – Ownership Percentage: ~25%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

I imagine in 12 team leagues he may be taken so consider the options also listed below in that case but at below 25% on ESPN, Cousins has a case to be an every week starter. He has 2 elite weapons in Jefferson and Thielin and enough supporting pieces around them to produce good numbers. Sure he doesn’t run loads and Dalvin Cook commands a lot of game on the ground rather than through the air, however, he’s still a stable option and in week 1 against a Bengals DST that wasn’t strong last season, he should serve you well.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are Carson Wentz (vsSEA)[~10%], Darnold (vsNYJ)[~5%], Tyrod Taylor (vsJAX)[~3%].

Carolina Panthers – DST – vsNYJ – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

For people who use Sleeper you will have seen the Panthers feature quite high in the most picked up players screen. The Jets have a rookie QB, new weapons who all need to integrate and a very questionable running game. The Panthers aren’t a flashy defence but they are reasonably solid and they should be a very good stream. They also have the advantage of playing a slightly weakened Saints team and the Texans over the next 2 weeks so this may be a good medium term investment.

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Vikings (@CIN)[~25%], Jaguars (@HOU)[~1%].


Advance Ticket

Advanced fares are for players who you won’t be playing in your line-ups straight away, but keep an eye on developments, and if you’re in deeper leagues, get a bargain by jumping in before everyone else.


Olamide Zaccheaus – WR – Atlanta Falcons – Ownership Percentage: ~1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Zaccheaus has a chance to take some of the targets vacated by Julio Jones and without a particularly notable running game, Matt Ryan will still be looking to sling the ball around. Ridley, Gage, Pitts and Hurst will be ahead of OZ in the queue but over time he will get a chance to secure more of the ball.

Will Dissly –TE – Seattle Seahawks – Ownership Percentage: ~1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Dissly always seems to end up forgotten. When he’s healthy he looks brilliant, then he goes down injured, gets ruled out for the season and everyone forgets he existed. You will want to wait and be sure he’s over all his concerns and is still going to feature since Gerald Everett has come to Seattle. He could still see some decent red zone work, similarly, he could be your cut candidate when you read the 1st class ticket section here next week!


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By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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